© 2017

Forging Solidarity

Popular Education at Work

  • Astrid von Kotze
  • Shirley Walters

Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Astrid von Kotze, Shirley Walters
    Pages 1-13
  3. Linda Cooper, Thembi Luckett
    Pages 15-25
  4. Shirley Walters, Shauna Butterwick
    Pages 27-38
  5. Bob Boughton, Deborah Durnan
    Pages 39-48
  6. Leigh-Ann Naidoo
    Pages 49-57
  7. Diana Skelton, Martin Kalisa
    Pages 71-81
  8. Jane Burt, Thabo Lusithi
    Pages 105-115
  9. Sudhanva Deshpande
    Pages 117-126
  10. Astrid Von Kotze
    Pages 127-138
  11. Eugene Paramoer, Lyndal Pottier
    Pages 139-148
  12. Carohn Cornell
    Pages 149-158
  13. Salma Ismail
    Pages 159-170
  14. Saliem Patel
    Pages 171-180
  15. Sheri Hamilton
    Pages 181-192
  16. Jim Crowther, Mae Shaw
    Pages 203-211
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 213-227

About this book


Animating this book is a twofold question: In what ways are adult and popular educators responding to various harsh economic, political, cultural and environmental conditions? In doing so, are they planting seeds of hope for and imaginings of alternative futures which can connect individuals and communities locally and globally to achieve economic, ecological and social justice? The book illustrates how transformative politics of solidarity often involve actors across vastly different backgrounds. Solidarity is therefore a political relationship that is forged through particular struggles situated in place and time across power differentials. The authors put popular education to work by describing and analysing their strategies and approaches. They do so using accessible language and engaging styles. Popular education is a medium for dreaming, for imagining other futures. It is also essential for countering the wilful spreading of fake news and propagation of ignorance. Pedagogies of solidarity are necessary to building connections amongst people at a time when competitive individualism and alienation are rampant. Forging solidarity with and amongst communities is a means towards that end, and, indeed, an end in itself. “Corporate mines and agribusiness poison the water we drink, the air we breathe and the food we eat. Together with their political proxies they destroy the earth and her peoples – too many are killed because of their military, economic, religious and information wars. How do we stand up for ourselves and the earth that nourishes us against this global system? Forging Solidarity shares inspiring stories that feed our deep connection and power.” – Pregs Govender: Author of Love and Courage: A Story of Insubordination “Forging Solidarity is a critical and timely collective intervention that ponders, prods, pokes, and plays in the most generative ways. In so doing, it invites us to continue deepening our engagements with questions of responsibility and justice in relation to education everywhere.” – Richa Nagar, author of Muddying the Waters: Co-authoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism “This book inspires people to realize that not fighting against socio-economic injustices is to side with oppressors.” – Ntombi Nyathi, Programme Director of Training for Transformation


Adult education Popular education Pedagogies for solidarity Working for change Social movement learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Astrid von Kotze
    • 1
  • Shirley Walters
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Western CapeSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of Western CapeSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forging Solidarity
  • Book Subtitle Popular Education at Work
  • Editors Astrid von Kotze
    Shirley Walters
  • Series Title International Issues in Adult Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6300-923-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages CCXXVIII, 8
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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